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Sessions: Bakers Have 'Fundamental Right' To Refuse Orders For Same-Sex Weddings

A contentious case that has been making its way through the legal system is slated to be heard by the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court will hear the case of same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins, who were turned away by the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver when they wanted to order a cake for their nuptials. The bakery’s owner, Jack Phillips, declined while citing religious beliefs for his decision. The case stems all the way back to 2012, and no headway has been made towards a final resolution.

As the Daily Mail shares, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has weighed in with his thoughts, and he’s coming down on the side of the baker for a simple reason. Sessions explained his stance on CBN's 'Faith Nation' program.

"Too often we have ignored what the Constitution actually says. It says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” he explained. “So the question is – the cake baker has more than just a personal view here. He has a religious view and he feels that he is not being able to freely exercise his religion, by being required to participate in a ceremony in some fashion that he does not believe in."

Philips was found to be at fault according to Colorado law, but he’s challenged the ruling. The Justice Department has issued a brief to the high court in regards to the case, and it hits the same notes that Sessions shared.

“Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights,” the brief reads in part. “In the view of the United States, a ... First Amendment intrusion occurs where a public accommodations law compels someone to create expression for a particular person or entity and to participate, literally or figuratively, in a ceremony or other expressive event.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is defending the couple, has a different take on the case.

“What the Trump administration is advocating for is nothing short of a constitutional right to discriminate,” according to ACLU lawyer Louise Melling.

Cathy Miller is the owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, and she notes that her religious beliefs also prevent her from making cakes for same-sex weddings. She refers those couples to a competitor, and she notes that she hasn’t had any issues with a policy that she’s had in place for the past five years.

“My husband and I are Christians, and we know that God created everyone and he created everyone equal. So it's not that we don't like people of certain groups of people. There's just certain things that violate my conscience. My conscience will not allow me to participate in things that I feel are wrong,” she explained. “Our business is God's business. We work for him. Participating in the celebration of a same-sex marriage goes against my conscience. I shouldn’t be picked on because of my beliefs.”

This is an incredibly interesting case, and it’s pretty amazing that it hasn’t been solved prior to reaching the highest court in the land. While the way Miller handles things may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it certainly seems pretty reasonable when the alternative is a case that drags out for five years.

Source: Daily Mail
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